Angola against wildlife trade

Luanda – Angola has adopted legal policies with creation of Technical Unit Against Environmental Crimes to stop wildlife trafficking, despite the country to boast low rate in this practice.

The head of Conservation Areas Department of Environment Ministry, Maria LAa, confirmed the fact when speaking to Angop.

The official said that Angola is neither one of the worst routes nor in the list of high levels of trafficking in wildlife products.

The country has created strategies in SADC region against wildlife trade.

According to her, the Technical Unit Against Environmental Crimes, which includes Ministries and Multi-sector Commission of Combat Poaching, is the result of these strategies – said the official.

Maria Loa mentioned the existence of supervisors, prosecutors and public security police in the conservation areas, with view to dealing with this practice.

As for wildlife attacks in Angola, she said that although the subsistence hunting is the most practiced one, organised networks encourage the rural communities to hunt in exchange of money by foreign intermediaries.

The programme is part of Angola/US International Exchange to improve wildlife research techniques.

Source: Angola Press News Agency